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27 years later, police still investigating 11-year-old's disappearance

27 years later, police still investigating 11-year-old's disappearance

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The last time Maureen Himebaugh saw her 11-year-old son Mark, he was heading toward their Del Haven home after watching a brush fire on Bayshore Road.

That was 27 years ago.

Close to anniversary of Mark Himebaugh’s disappearance, police are still investigating what they believe to be a kidnapping. He went missing on Nov. 25, 1991, and every year since, law enforcement have renewed efforts to find him.

"I'm never surprised with people who give us information after the fact," Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner told the Press of Atlantic City in 2015.

Himebaugh, a student at the Alternative School in Cape May Court House, had gone to watch a brush fire near his home that afternoon, walked home, and then went to the nearby Cape May County Park South, previous Press of Atlantic City reports say.  

A neighborhood park worker reported seeing Himebaugh that day around 4 p.m. playing with a girl his age at the park, according to Press reports.

Footprints sound along Sun Ray Beach and a left white sneaker believed to be Himebaugh's were the only traces of him left behind.

Several people have been targeted in the investigation over the years.

In 1992, police told the Press that two men spotted at the Pleasantville Shopping Center with a boy who looked like Himebaugh could be suspects, but the tip from a local resident did not pan out.

A year later, authorities released a composite sketch of a man wearing glasses reportedly seen talking to Himebaugh shortly before his disappearance. Police said the man was wanted for questioning.

Still, Himbaugh’s mother hasn’t lost hope.

“I went through a lot,” Himebaugh said last year at an event in New Brunswick. "Here I am still standing proof to show you that you will survive."

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